Using Polling for Quick Checks
In Active Learning Classrooms
Polling for Review
The instructor spends a short period of time reviewing the concepts covered in a previous class or homework and then conducts a 3 - 5 question poll to check for understanding. This type of poll occurs during the beginning of a course period.
Polling for Evaluation
The instructor spends time after covering concepts to conduct a 3 - 5 question poll that checks for understanding. This type of poll occurs towards the end of a course period.
Polling for Mastery
The instructor uses 3 - 5 polling questions to test student mastery of a key concept covered. If 80% or more of the class answers correctly, then the instructor can move on to the next key concept. If students do not show mastery of a concept with a quick poll, the instructor can review the concept, check for understanding, and re-poll the class until students master the concept. This type of poll may occur multiple times over a course period.
Pro Tip: In Active Learning Classrooms, students are seated in groups. To deepen learning, instructors can allow for students to discuss the questions a bit as a group before answering individually.
Types of Poll Questions
Review poll questions cover content that students have learned about in prior course sessions or through homework assignments.
Concept check poll questions seek to verify that students have comprehended key concepts covered during the course thus far.
Definition check poll questions ensure students understand the definition of key terms used in the course content.
Practice check poll questions ask students to practice problem solving and computations using polling software.